The Los Angeles Museum of Geography (LAMoG) held its grand opening on Wednesday, December 7. Hosted by the Flintridge Prep Class of 2028, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of Los Angeles, past and present, through innovative exhibits that connect the issues our region and its people have faced to the global challenges of the 21st century. Students created a variety of attractions and exhibits that explored the Port of Los Angeles’ role in the supply chain journey and provided guided tours focusing on the lives and livelihoods of port residents and workers.
A culminating project of the 7th grade history curriculum, LAMoG challenges students to engage curiously with their subject matter from multiple perspectives, conduct rigorous research, and share their findings using interactive media that is innovative, provocative, and engaging. Subjects included an examination of the lives of the indigenous people of the region, a look at the economic and military battles for control of the region, an evaluation of the port’s role in the supply chain, and the causes of supply chain issues that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exhibit reflects all that students learned through the process of study. For example, students investigated how a single item manufactured across the globe came to their homes through the Port of LA, creating a slide show and podcast about the journey. They sold museum “merch,” built a museum website, hosted a LAMoG café, as well as kids corner and escape room.